Robert De Niro, Hathaway praise Meryl Streep at Kennedy Honors

Last Updated: Dec 06, 2011, 11:28 AM IST

London: Actor-director Robert De Niro, Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt took to the stage to pay tribute to Meryl Streep at the Kennedy Center Honors.

The Oscar-winning actress received an accolade at the 34th annual ceremony in Washington along with singer Neil Diamond, actress Barbara Cook and saxophonist Sonny Rollins.

Streep enjoyed tributes from some of Hollywood`s biggest names.

After a series of clips showing her stellar big screen career, Streep`s `The Deer Hunter` co-star De Niro said, "My first thought was, I was amazing in Deer Hunter. Meryl, you
are the very best. I love you."

Hathaway, Blunt and Stanley Tucci then spoke about working with the actress on the set of `The Devil Wears Prada`, with Blunt saying, "In every scene, she`s actually doing at least two jobs. First, her own character, who is always so complete, so natural, you forget that somewhere in there is Meryl Streep.

"Then the second is stabilising the other actor who is having a nervous breakdown because they`re in a scene with Meryl Streep."